A few quotes from our subscribers

"The other day I mentioned to someone that I wish Deep Sky were still around. They handed me a flyer about AA." G.M. CA 

"Let me take this chance to say how much I enjoy AA. The common theme in every issue: a lot of down to earth, nice people enjoying a hobby they love comes through nicely in each issue. It gives you a nice feeling about people just to read the magazine. I look forward to each new issue." W. Y. NY 

"Amateur Astronomy is a refreshing break from the big boys - the scope and approach being on an advanced amateur level, and personal experiences given much attention. It is a little like two people talking over the fence, if you will. Not a lot of astrophysics and cosmology, but a very great deal of stimulating TM ideas, eyepiece impressions, and common sense. Even some gossip and humor! I shall look forward to each issue, much like I used to look forward to TM and Deep Sky." L. R. CA


NOVAC Review

"One thing You've got to say about Tom and Jeannie Clark: when they do something, they do it right. When Kalmbach publishing, five years ago, announced the demise of Telescope Making and Deep Sky magazines, Tom quickly announced that he'd replace them both with a magazine of his own. Tom has pretty much done that with Amateur Astronomy, a quarterly no-frills black and white magazine.
"Through most of the 1980's, the publishers of Astronomy magazine also published two quarterly specialty magazines: Telescope Making and Deep Sky. Two special people who loved and lived their special interest of the hobby edited both. And both magazines were unique, because everyday people who also loved and lived their special interest wrote the articles in the magazines. Thus, two communities were born.
"The role the two magazines played was enormous - the technology used in large, ultra-compact Dobsonians was displayed, reinvented and refined in TM. TM also saw the refinement of computerized telescope control that's so popular today in many commercial telescopes. TM covered the large telescope-making conferences. Couldn't make Stellafane? In all likelihood, TM covered it and the best new telescopes were talked about and pictured. TM also served as an early platform for the spread of amateur-based CCD technology.
"When Kalmbach stopped publishing the two magazines, a void was left. Several people tried stepping into that void: Tom and Jeannie are among the few survivors. They dreamed up Amateur Astronomy as a replacement for both magazines. Running a business wasn't new to Tom and Jeannie - they are the owners of Tectron, which sells Dobsonian telescopes and is well known for its collimation tools.
"Today, about four years after its first issue, AA is published quarterly, just like TM and DS had been. And like those before, AA relies heavily on the input of its readers. Articles are not edited for style - so the voices of the authors are loud and clear. You don't write for AA for the money - you write because you love your topic and you burn to share your knowledge with others. That desire often makes the articles in AA more enjoyable than you might expect.
"When TM and DS were put to sleep, each had about 10,000 subscribers. After four years, AA is up to about 1,800, so it's cooking right along. If you are at all serious about the hobby of astronomy, I highly recommend a subscription to AA. For $18, you get four issues and an entrance to a cozy room full of avid and enthusiastic people. Don't expect glossy color pics, or poetic writing - expect raw knowledge that can be used to make your enjoyment of the hobby more exciting. Expect to learn about the people who are shaping the future of the hobby, and the business of commercial telescopes. Expect to look forward to curling up with a good cloudy evening's read."

Robert Bunge
Newsletter of the N. VA Astronomy Club
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